Never in recent memory have so many frontline starting pitchers allegedly been available in a trade. While many of these "rumors" may just be posturing and fluff thrown out there to keep bloggers and media types busy speculating, I have to believe where there is smoke, there is fire. In other words, some of these guys have to be available.
While I know anyone is always available for the right price and yadda yadda yadda, I am used to hearing about such and such pitcher being untouchable. This year that is not the case. And I believe the Reds must take advantage of this fact.
For the first time in a long time, the Reds have an overabundance of hitting talent. They have four superstar prospects that are all virtually major league ready. They also have a true ace for the first time in well over a decade. In other words, they are perfectly positioned to make a serious play for one of these top-notch pitchers. They have to take advantage of this situation, because the stars haven't lined up like this in some time. The FA market for pitching is the also the weakest it has been in some time, and with management now "dedicated to winning" its time to act, and make a trade to acquire a big-time pitcher. Each of the following is *allegedly* available according to some published reports:
Obviously the names on the list vary greatly in talent, but any one of them would be a welcome addition to the Reds rotation, and would probably make the Reds an instant contender. Take your pick, the prices will vary, but they need to make a play for one of them. Decide which one the Reds should go after and why, what the price would be, how realistic it is that they'll be traded, and discuss away...